Happenings around the Perham area, Nov. 24-Dec. 4

All the latest happenings in and around perham

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Ottertail's Otter Dazzle festivities will take place on Saturday, Dec. 3 this year.
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The Perham Focus accepts community calendar items for publication online and in our Thursday print edition, space permitting. Submissions must be made at least a week in advance of the event date, in writing, to either or .

Each submission must include the date, time and location of event, whether it is recurring or a one-time happening, and where to go for more information (phone, email and/or website). Also include whether the event is free or paid admission, and how much it costs when applicable.

Thursday, November 24

Gobble Wobble 5K Family Fun Run: The 6th Annual Thanksgiving Gobble Wobble 5K gets underway at 9 a.m. on the Perham Bike Path, with registration starting at 8:30 a.m. This family fun run/walk is untimed, but medals will be awarded for first, second and third place in four age categories, ages 12-18 years, 19-30 years, 40-59 years, and 60 years plus. Race fee is $15, with those ages 11 and under participating free of charge. Fee is payable upon registration on the day of the event, which may be canceled for inclement weather. All proceeds benefit Perham's Giving Tree program.

Community Thanksgiving Meal: Northwoods LIFE Church, 945 W. Main St., Perham, will host a community Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Turkey dinner with all the fixings; in-person, to-go and delivery (within reason) meal options available. To place your order call 218-346-5433. Open to the public.

Friday, November 25

Parade of Lights: Perham's 22nd Annual Holiday Parade of Lights will once again wind its way through the city's downtown, starting at 5:30 p.m. Entries must be received no later than Nov. 22. Entry form and participation rules are available online at . There is no entry fee.


Saturday, November 26

Dent Christmas Market: The community of Dent will host its 4th Annual Christmas Market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Dent Community Center. More than 30 local vendors and artists will be participating. Amber Rose Photography will be offering Photos with Santa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Food and beverages available all day. Questions? Call Rachel Lorentz, 218-457-0293.

Saturday, December 3

Otter Dazzle: The Ottertail City Chamber of Commerce is gearing up to present its annual Otter Dazzle celebration at the Ottertail Community Center, starting at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast, and continuing with a vendor and craft show, hay rack rides, kids' crafts, a visit from Santa, Christmas tree lighting in the City Park and a chili bar to conclude the day. Open to the public.

Multi-Day and Recurring Events

Free Christmas Movies: The Comet Theatre in Perham will host a free Christmas movie screening at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Dec. 3, 10, and 17. Open to the public.

Cupkie Christmas Village: The Cupkie Christmas Village will be open daily through Dec. 23 (except for Thanksgiving Day), from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be trolley and pony rides, a petting zoo and visits from Santa, Nov. 25-27 and Dec. 3-4 from 12 to 4 p.m. daily.

Lights in the Pines: The inaugural Lights in the Pines community celebration will be open at the Perham Pioneer Village, Nov. 26-Dec. 25. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 5:30 to 9 p.m. The display will not be open Christmas Eve, but will be on Christmas Night. Suggested donation of $5 per person; hosted by Scouts Troop 321

Off the Wall Art Exhibit: The new "Off the Wall" dimensional art exhibit at the Lake Region Arts Council Gallery in Fergus Falls runs through Dec. 23. Featured artists include Penny Kagigebi of White Earth Ojibwe, Rick Kagigebi of Lac Courte Oreille, Mary Jo Wentz of Battle Lake, Cathy Oehler of Detroit Lakes, Vicky Radel of Norcross, Jarod Marrow of Fergus Falls, Phyllis Joos of Hancock, Judy Christoffersen of Dent, Kae Homeman of Erhard, Kristi Kruder of Battle Lake, Dar Eckert of Fergus Falls, Timothy Cassidy of New York Mills, Mary Williams of Clitherall, Brian Christensen of Fergus Falls and Carl Zachmann of Fergus Falls. The gallery is located at 133 S. Mill St., Fergus Falls. For more information, contact the LRAC office (toll free in Minnesota) at 1-800-262-2787 or 218-739-5780, or send an email to .

Meat Raffle: The Rockin' Horse Cafe in Richville hosts meat raffles every Saturday night at 6 p.m., with proceeds benefiting the the Otter Tail Rod and Gun Club.

Baby Bin: Come look through the baby bin at Crosspoint Alliance Church, 600 8th St. NE, Perham, on the first Tuesday of every month from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All WIC participants receive one pack of diapers and wet wipes. Everyone may look through our children's clothing, sizes 0-10.


Quilting: The Calvary Cut-Ups quilting group meets from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursdays at Calvary Lutheran Church in Perham. Questions? Contact Brenda Halvorson at 320-493-0802.

Library Storytimes: The Perham Area Public Library hosts preschool storytime every Tuesday at 10:15 a.m. Toddler Storytime with Becky is held periodically on Monday evenings at 6 p.m. Visit or call 218-346-4892 for more information.

Progressive Bingo: Every Tuesday, 6-7 p.m., Thumper Pond, Ottertail.

Tuesday Trivia Night: Billy's Corner Bar & Grill in Vergas will be offering Trivia Night every Tuesday at 7 p.m. Open to the public.

Perham Networking Opportunity: The Nest in Perham will host a one-hour free business networking opportunity on the first Wednesday of every month, starting at 8:15 a.m. Personal introductions, sharing of upcoming events and projects, and a focus presentation. Coffee will be provided by the focus topic presenter.

Mah Jongg at Calvary Lutheran: Men and women are welcome and play Mah Jongg at Perham's Calvary Lutheran Church on Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. in the library. No prior experience necessary, as experienced players will teach the game to newcomers.

Sit-n-Stitch: A weekly gathering of fiber artists will be held every Thursday from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at the Cultural Center in New York Mills. Free and open to all.

Old Time Photographs: Stop by the History Museum of East Otter Tail County, at 230 First Ave. North in Perham, and take a trip down memory lane. The museum would like the public's help identifying old photos. Hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturdays. Call 218-346-7676 for more information.

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